2002 Report on the
drug situation in the candidate CEECs
Phare project 'Co-operation EMCDDA-CEECs' started on 1 March 2001. It
specifically covers the 10 CEEC candidate countries Bulgaria,
while associating as far as possible Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Emphasis is placed on involving
the countries as much as possible in the EMCDDA's activities through further
development of National Focal Points (NFPs) and drug-information systems.
All candidate countries are now establishing NFPs themselves. The remaining
three candidate countries Cyprus,
are also being integrated into the network of National Focal Points.
The 2002 Report on the drug situation in the candidate CEECs,
presented on this website and also available in printed form (see below),
is an outcome of this joint effort, addressing key issues on drugs in
the CEECs. It shows a different picture from the one now only five or
seven years ago. These countries were then generally perceived only as
drug 'transit' countries, with all the associated stereotypes in terms
of 'danger' for the EU citizens. Today they have become a clear target
for drugs consumption.